Atletico Madrid are reported to have made an improved contract offer in a bid to keep last season’s top goalscorer Diego Cotsta at the Vicente Calderon, although the proposal made by the Liga champions pales into relative insignificance compared to that made by Chelsea.
Chelsea have supposedly agreed to meet Costa’s €40 million release clause in order to confirm his acquisition during the summer transfer window, although Atletico, buoyed by the optimism and capital injection from their successful campaign, appear unwilling to give their player up just yet.
According to El Confidencial, the club have made a renewed attempt to retain the services of the Spain international, with a significant pay increase to €5 million-per-year tabled by Atletico CEO Angel Gil Marin.
This would guarantee Costa a weekly salary of over £100,000, but Chelsea have been able to dwarf what Atletico are prepared to pay. It is reported that a transfer to Chelsea would pocket Costa €9 million-per-year and would place him among the leading earners at Stamford Bridge.
Costa scored 36 goals in all competitions for Atletico last season as the Madrid club clinched a first league title in 18 years and reached the final of the Champions League. The 25-year-old’s goals earned him a place in Spain’s provisional squad for the World Cup, although fitness issues make him a doubt to start in Brazil.
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